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Md. board considers charging private insurers more for uncompensated health care

10-27-2016 ELKTON, MD- Janet Maldonado, care transition nurse seen there training a patient, Frank Adams, how to use the  Union hospital Telehealth System, which monitors patient health from home and lower re-admission rates.  (The Daily Record/ Maximilian Franz).

Maryland’s hospital rate-setting board will consider the unprecedented step of asking the state’s private insurers to pay more to account for uncompensated care at the state’s hospitals, a reflection of more unpaid bills from patients facing growing out-of-pocket costs through their private insurance company.

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Frederick whistleblower receives $2.2M reward in medical-device settlement

A Frederick sales agent-turned-whistleblower will receive $2.2 million after alleging to federal agents that his former employer, NuVasive Inc., was marketing unapproved uses for its spinal-treatment device and improperly inducing doctors to treat patients with it at several Maryland hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and Montgomery General.

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Prosecutors: Fraud by diagnostic services’ CEO led to patients’ deaths

The owner of Alpha Diagnostics, already facing charges for running a scheme to defraud Medicare, now faces life in prison after four patients died because their X-rays were not reviewed by a qualified radiologist, federal prosecutors announced Friday. A superseding indictment against Rafael Chikvashvili, 67, of Baltimore, alleges the X-rays were instead reviewed by employees of the mobile diagnostic services company who failed to detect "congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and a large pelvic mass revealed in the images."

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